About Nigeria

Nigerian Coat of Arms

Nigeria, officially known as the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and stylized by locals as “Naija“, is a country located in West Africa with other countries as its neighbors – Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west.

Nigeria consists of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory located in Abuja (also knows as the seat of power). At 356,669 square miles (923,769 square kilometers), it’s the world’s 31st largest country by total area. With a population of over 206 million (as at 2020), it is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world, at 2.64 % of the world’s total population.… CONTINUE READING

7 Signs Your Relationship Is Strong Enough To Get Engaged [Nigerian Weddings in America]

How do you know if you’re ready to propose and get engaged?

  • If you’re love with a Nigerian girl, or
  • If you and your partner are both Nigerians (or with Nigerian descent)

There could be several things giving you ‘pause’ and holding you back from taking that next step. Even if you feel like you guys have been together for a long time, or maybe not just enough time yet to start talking about getting engaged, it’s not always simple or straightforward to know when to pop the question and make things official. And speaking from personal experience, that’s actually a good thing – if you everything goes well (which we’re praying it will), this is a big decision that signals that you want to spend the rest of your life with someone.… CONTINUE READING

44 Statistics to Know About Nigerians in America (2020)

  1. According to the 2020 American Community Survey, between 357,109 and 405,047 US residents report Nigerian ancestry (Source). That number was 206,604 in 2008, making Nigeria the largest African source country of immigrants to the United States. 
  2. An estimated 374,311 Nigerian-born people were living in the U.S. in 2018, which put the country in 27th place as a source of foreign-born Americans, behind Pakistan and ahead of Japan (Source).
  3. Nigeria ranks first in the list of top five sending countries, in a group accounting for 54 percent of all sub-Saharan Africans residing in the United States (Source).
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High-Achieving People of Nigerian Descent in America

This page contains a list of high-achieving people of Nigerian descent in America, either as an immigrant or US-born, who are making their marks in America. They are leaders and role models in their fields.

Academia

  • Akintunde Akinwande, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Deji Akinwande, professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of Texas at Austin; awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE – 2016)
  • Francisca Oboh Ikuenobe, professor and past interim chair, department of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • John Dabiri, aeronautics engineer and named professor at the California Institute of Technology; awards include MacArthur fellowship, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE – 2010), one of Popular Science‘s Brilliant 10 Scientists (2008)
  • Kunle Olukotun, named professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University
  • Jacob Olupona, professor of African and African-American Studies & professor of religion, Harvard Divinity School
  • Ilesanmi Adesida, provost of Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, named professor emeritus of engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), past vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at UIUC – Urbana campus, dean of college of engineering, professor of materials science and engineering & electrical and computer engineering also at UIUC – Illinois
  • Joseph Balogun, distinguished professor of health sciences at Chicago State University (CSU)
  • Babatunde Ogunnaike, named professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware (UD); also past dean of UD’s college of engineering
  • Benjamin Akande, president of Champlain College, Vermont; past president of Westminster College; past dean and professor of economics at Webster University
  • Victor Ukpolo, former Chancellor of Southern University of New Orleans
  • ImeIme A.
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About Nigerians in America: The Ultimate Guide

Overview

With an area of 356,669 square miles (923,768 square kilometers), Nigeria’s size approximately equals the combined areas of the three U.S. states of New Mexico, Arizona and California. A coastal state on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, Nigeria is bounded by Niger to the north, Benin to the west, Cameroon to the east and southeast, and Chad to the northeast.

The March 2006 population census puts Nigeria’s population at 140,431,790 (although recent estimates suggest a population of over 203 million people). Nigeria’s population is extremely diverse—more than 250 ethnic groups are identified.

Ten ethnic groups account for 80 percent of Nigeria’s population.… CONTINUE READING